need help to identify bush with berries

mitsys_heartSeptember 24, 2008

A friend of mine has what appears to be a bush, plant or shrub. It is growing upright from a single stem. The bush produces purple berries and the berries are attached to a bright pink >> fushia vine (like when you buy grapes in a store). But, not in full clusters. It has green leaves. I should have examined it closers to see if there was woody stems. It has been producing the beeries for the last 2-3 weeks or longer. I do not know if this plant is a annual or pre-annual. My friend told me it comes back every year. But, is it from the seed droppings, birds droppings or just because it is a pre-annual. He told me it is poisoness to humans yet, blue-jays, finchs and robins eat the berries. He pronounce the plant (sir-mack). In which, I know I have the spelling wrong. Also, this bush stands approx. 4-5 feet tall. Can anyone please suggest the correct spelling or identify the plant and or bush. Thanks for any help..

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Sounds like Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 8:19PM
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Could possibly be one of the Sumac(Rhus) species. Often referred to as Poison Sumac.

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    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 9:41PM
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esofva(7b VA)

If we only had a picture!Doesn't really sound like sumac...maybe pokeweed, elderberry, but more like pokeweed.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2008 at 8:42AM
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currentriverdenny(7 semo)

sounds like fragrant sumac or stinking sumac.try posting a pic for positive ID

    Bookmark   October 30, 2008 at 1:46PM
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